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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Young Women Strangled at Lake Outside Moscow

Police were looking Wednesday for an Uzbek citizen suspected of strangling two young women to death on the shores of a Moscow region lake popular among swimmers and sunbathers.

The bodies of the victims, aged 20 and 22, were discovered at around 4 p.m. Tuesday on the shores of Lake Senezh, near the town of Solnechnogorsk, 60 kilometers northwest of Moscow, regional prosecutors said in a statement.

The women both had head wounds and had likely been strangled Monday, a law enforcement source said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Only the 20-year-old victim, a resident of Podolsk, has been identified, although her name is not being released to avoid compromising the investigation, the source said.

The source said authorities were searching for a 22-year-old Uzbek citizen on suspicion of killing the women, adding that he has been living in Russia without registration.

Solnechnogorsk Prosecutor Nikolai Fastovets told Rossia television that investigators believe the killer might have been relaxing by the lake shortly before strangling the women.

A conviction on double homicide charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The lake is one of many in an area of the Moscow region that is home to numerous dacha communities and is prized by city-weary Moscow residents for fishing and recreation.